Zentangled Daisy #363

Stampendous Jumbo DaisyA quick little piece of artwork today.  I found this daisy stamped onto a Distress Inked background in my craft stash – one of my creations at a demonstration.  The colours were so striking I thought I would have a play around with some zentangling detail around the edge.  To give it a dramatic look, I stuck to just one pattern.  A few white highlights and its all ready to put onto a card or into my art journal.  The stamp is from Stampendous – the Jumbo Daisy.  Artwork doesn’t have to be complicated – the most simple designs can be most effective!Stampendous Jumbo Daisy

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PS – I will be exhibiting at the Suffolk papercraft show at the Leisure Centre in Bury St Edmunds this Sunday – hope to see some of you there!


Harebell with Brushos #362

PaperArtsy Stamp with BrushosI have a few new sets of PaperArtsy stamps that you will start to see appearing in my blog.  These are the gorgeous newly released designs (and due in stock any day!).  This first piece has been created using Brushos.  Have you had a play with these yet?  They are little pots of pigment powder that you can combine with water to make gorgeous backgrounds and also paint with them too.

I spritzed my background with water and then applied powders, and kept spritzing with water, applying powders until it was all quite watery which makes the colours blend nicely.  On this piece I tried to keep my colours in stripes – I’ll try and remember the colours I’ve used.. it was sea green, then I think ultramarine, then Purple and I think brilliant red.PaperArtsy Stamps with Brushos

I’ve then used the Brusho powder mixed with a little water to paint in the details.

Back again soon with another project!

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Feline Curious #361

Stampendous Feline Curious

Today’s little chap is a stamp from Stampendous called Feline Curious.  I have coloured him using Distress Paints.  The wood is hand-drawn- ever so easy.  Just draw a vertical line and then use your fineliner to draw a few lines here and there – once you add the colour it looks like wood!

Stampendous Feline CuriousWe’ve recently stocked in some new Stampendous stamps – including a fab little Zebra stamp too.

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Pretty Pink Flowers #360

PaperArtsy stamps

Where has the time gone!  I’ve been busy behind the scenes and not had time to create and blog much recently, but I have a few pieces to share with you.

We had our first Inky Addicts club last weekend and it was fabulous!  We will next be meeting in August for another play day – if you are interested, just get in touch or have a look on the website for info!

PaperArtsy stampThis one I have created using a mix of PaperArtsy paints and Distress Paints.

The flower stamps are from PaperArtsy.  Short and sweet post today – hope you like the flowers!

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Frayed around the edges #359

Frayed Around the Edges StampThis is so appropriate for me today!  I created this piece a little while back and when I was looking for what to blog today, I found it.  Here at Aldridge Crafts HQ, I am busy doing lots of techy work behind the scenes for introducing some new technology into the business, which means long hours at a laptop working with lots of product listings – so frayed around the edges is definitely me at the moment!

This little piece was created using a Brayer to apply different Distress Ink paints to the background.  I didn’t keep note – but to me it looks like Chipped Sapphire, Lemonade and Spun Sugar.  It gives this slightly grungy colour background so this stamp I’ve had in stock for ages and wanted one… but kept resisting.  How could I not have it when I have the perfect background to stamp her on!  I’m sure you see her featured in a few future pieces of artwork!  She is a Do-Lally Pip Frayed Around the Edges Stamp by Lindsay Mason for Personal Impressions.

June-20aTo get the words to stand out I painted a rectangle roughly the same size at the greeting in antique linen so there was a plainer base.

I actually double stamped the girl a little, but I thought actually, it all added to the effect and style of the stamp – she’s supposed to be a little blurred!

If you too like stamping, playing with paints and mixed media style work and are in Norfolk, you will like the sound of my new Inky Addicts club.  It starts on Sunday 7th June 10-3pm in Garnier Hall in Eccles.  You get a full day’s craft club, with a bit of a workshop from me to start the day and free refreshments (bring some lunch), all for just £20.  Click here to reserve your seat (you pay on the day).  There’s also be a bit of a shop for you to browse through too!  The club will then run on the first Sunday every other month.   Hope you can join me!

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Playing in paint #357

Chocolate Baroque Steampunk ButterflyI haven’t used my Chocolate Baroque steampunk butterfly stamp for ages!  So whilst having my playing session with my Distress Paints I thought I would give it an outing!  The background is the paint applied directly to the card and then spritzing with water to bland.  I’ve stamped the cogs in blue paint.  I then stamped the butterfly in black directly on the background to give a guide where to place a cut out butterfly (and so the detail of the antennae were stamped and there was a shadow underneath the lifted wings).   (more…)

Golden Tree #356

IndigoBlu Treemendous StampLoving this background.  I thought I would experiment with Distress Paints onto glossy cardstock.  I put the paint onto my craft mat  (I used lots of shades of blues and greens in vertical stripes running from blues to greens) and spritzed with a little water and then dabbed the card into the paint.  As it is glossy card, the paint sits on the surface so you get these fabulous patterns.  It immediately made me think of blue skies and green fields and so I thought the IndigoBlu Treemendous stamp would be perfect to use on it. (more…)

Firey Flower Sprays #355

PaperArtsy Mini Stamps

You can tell I’ve rediscovered my PaperArtsy stamps and Distress Paints can’t you!  This background was a bit of a happy accident.  I had started it all in pinks and burgundy shades and then very cleverly put it down in a bit of mermaid lagoon blue on my mat – so I used my fingers to add more mermaid blue in different places and spritzed with water to blend and ended up really liking the result! (more…)